2021 Data Breach Investigations Report

Reduce risks with insights from more than 5,250 confirmed breaches.

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  • 2021 DBIR Key Findings

    May 13, 2021, 10 AM ET

    Join our Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)  authors, Alex Pinto and Gabe Bassett, as they reveal key takeaways from their analysis of cybercrime trends around the globe and share insights that can help you fine-tune your security program

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  • 2021 DBIR CISO panel

    May 13, 2021, 12 PM ET

    Join our panel of cybersecurity experts and distinguished chief information security officers (CISOs) as they discuss key findings from the report and what the data really means for the cybersecurity industry.

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  • 2021 DBIR Public Sector

    May 13, 2021, 2 PM ET

    Join DBIR author Dave Hylender and our panel of federal cybersecurity experts as they discuss key findings from Verizon’s 2021 DBIR—and what they mean for government agencies.

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  • 2021 DBIR for Small Business

    May 20, 2021, 2 PM ET

    Join our DBIR authors as they discuss key report findings and share what small and medium businesses (SMBs) can do to prepare and protect themselves from cyber threats.

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Key takeaways on evolving threats

  • 85%

    of breaches involved the human element.

  • 36%

    of breaches involved phishing, 11% more than last year.
  • 10%

    of breaches involved ransomware, doubling last year’s frequency.
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    With the same rigorous investigation of cyberthreats, the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) can help you up-level your security awareness.

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    2018 Data Breach Investigations Report

    Within the 53,000+ incidents and 2,200-odd breaches, you’ll find real takeaways on what not to do, or at the very least, what to watch for.

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